Los Angeles: Twelvetrees Press, 1981. 1st Trade Edition. Quarto, publisher's stiff textured paper wraps lettered in navy.
First trade edition, one of 3000 unnumbered copies (preceded by a leather-bound limited edition of 150 copies signed), of English novelist Isherwood's diary for the month of October 1979, accompanied by reproductions of portrait drawings by Isherwood's partner the LA artist Don Bachardy. "Don often describes his work as a confrontation. He himself, with a pen gripped in his mouth ready for use when it is needed instead of a brush, reminds me of a pirate carrying a dagger between his teeth while boarding the enemy. He seems to be attacking the sitter. So now I counterattacked." The 32 portrait drawings include many of the couple's friends, with whom the diary recounts visits, including David Hockney, Joan Didion, Gore Vidal, Lynda Benglis, Malcolm McDowell, and Isherwood himself. Head of spine banged, some minor soiling to wraps, remainder mark to bottom edge of textblock. Very good. Item #1156